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Strange Tourist

By Gareth Liddiard

From Strange Tourists (2010)

Tabbed by Juck

Chords:

  BmAdd6 F/C  Asus4 Asus2b6 Fm# Dsus2 
|-0------x----0-----1-------2---0----|
|-3------1----3-----0-------2---3----|
|-4------2----2-----2-------2---2----|
|-4------3----2-----2-------4---0----|
|-2------3----0-----0-------4--------|
|--------x------------------2--------|

Intro

Em  Am  BmAdd6  Am

Em  Am  G       G

Em  Am  BmAdd6  Am

Em  Am  G       G    G 
 
Verse

       Em                     Am   
It was all falling down and a long way from cheap 
           Em                    Am   
So tell me why did we live where we lived?
          Em                                 Am   
Above the old fish shop where they served up slop 
            G
And all the alley cats talked in their sleep


          Em                        Am   
I spent a year there with B after I quit the Mitsubishi,
           Em                             Am   
Dragged my mattress up some stairs by the sea
                 Em                                Am   
Then watched the old van rust in the gusts of the coast
           G 
Ending its knightly expeditions for beer


       Em                           Am
B went psychotic in the navy and he wouldn't mend 
Em                              Am 
Something about a sunk junk and speed 
        Em                             Am
Well he couldn't shake the illness or endure the cure
              G 
And there was no point switching treatments in the Timor Sea


       Em                                Am 
I have never known someone who needed to talk so much 
        Em                        Am 
Or even fool himself disguising a guess
     Em                                      Am 
Well I just steered his bullshit through its next diversion 
      G 
Never bothering with reality checks

Chorus

           Em                      Am
I'm saying Bowerbird, you'd turn a birdbath black
         Em                            Am     
What the hell could be the matter with you?
          Em                          Am
Where did you come from and why'd you go collecting
   G                                 F/C
Anything that turns the colour blue?


Link

Am   Asus4  G       Asus2b6 Asus2b6

Fm#  Em     Am      Dsus2  Asus2b6 Asus2b6 Asus4 

Em   Am     BmAdd6  Am

Em   Am     G       G

Verse

   Em                                   Am
He took his refuge in the open where it stings 
                Em                          Am 
You think you'd seen him but he's gone in a blink 
           Em                                   Am 
Once those Stilnox hit their target don't trust nothing,
                    G
No one and don't go believing anything that you think

               Em                           Am
He'd say, "I'm half way through but I don't know what I'm doing 
        Em                         Am 
I ain't feeling much of nothing at all
            Em                          Am 
But it's my first time too, if that's a valid excuse
             G     
I'm going to wait here for the engines to stall

              Em                        Am
I've seen the tracks of some giant, the smoke of some fire 
          Em                        Am
Fuse like hot sands in a bottleneck 
            Em                           Am 
Does all of beauty lie in being dead and gone 
          G
Or is all history made of chickens and their unhatched eggs

              Em                        Am
I've seen the spectre of a frigate on a dry rock face
  Em                              Am
A stone axe held together with an old bootlace
   Em                           Am
Anything betraying the drift of dead headway
        G
You can shake it but it won't let go

            Em                                    Am
All that so men can live like girls to keep their might pert 
        Em                             Am 
Digging music made by millionaires for car adverts
         Em                             Am 
Save the whales, invade Iraq and have a hamburger 
        G   
I can't distinguish between the nightmare and the joke

         Em                     Am 
I was in Tokyo once without any cash
         Em                       Am 
And Koda Kumi sang a coda pink as sarin gas
         Em                    Am 
I took a trip to Nagasaki in a rented Mitsubishi 
          G
Then went camping in the Jukai under Mount Fuji"

Chorus

           Em                      Am
I'm saying Bowerbird, you'd turn a birdbath black
         Em                            Am     
What the hell could be the matter with you?
          Em                          Am
Where did you come from and why'd you go collecting
   G                                 F/C
Anything that turns the colour blue?

Link

Am   Asus4  G       Asus2b6 Asus2b6

Fm#  Em     Am      Dsus2  Asus2b6 Asus2b6 Asus4 

Em   Am     BmAdd6  Am

Em   Am     G       G
        
Verse

             Em                          Am   
But when his pension got suspended, well that spelled the end
      Em                            Am   
And I joined his life of leisure in flight
         Em                         Am   
It's too hard to row a boat using a periscope
              G 
Sometimes you gotta do wrong to do right

          Em                            Am   
He got in trouble years back, I haven't seen him since
     Em                            Am   
In a men's room in a night club in Madrid
             Em                          Am   
He sold some dexedrine or something to a plain clothes D
              G
Then raised a stink so bad they ended up deporting him

     Em                     Am   
Then last I heard he was as free as a bird 
         Em         Am
And into Scientology
        Em                              Am   
Or into Heaven's Gate or Sharon Tate or in the Legionnaires
           G 
Or gone to Georgia with the Mujahideen

            Em                               Am   
And someone else was walking eggshells in his birdcage
        Em                                Am   
Someone else shared his unending lease on hamstrung rage
       Em                               Am   
He was someone else's problem, and that made me glad
         G
They can indulge him 'till he's ironclad

Chorus

           Em                      Am
I'm saying Bowerbird, you'd turn a birdbath black
         Em                            Am     
What the hell could be the matter with you?
          Em                          Am
Where did you come from and why'd you go collecting
   G                                 F/C
Anything that turns the colour blue?

Link

Am   Asus4  G       Asus2b6 Asus2b6

Fm#  Em     Am      Dsus2  Asus2b6 Asus2b6 Asus4 

Em   Am     BmAdd6  Am

Em   Am     G       G

Verse

       Em                    Am 
Well I wound up working in a hospital
        Em                        Am 
Renting TV's to the bored and the blind
          Em              Am 
Seems the DSS got sick of my BS
           G
And had my unemployment privatised

            Em                 Am 
They made a date with me, some agency
           Em                        Am 
And I went down there like a fool in love
            Em                       Am 
They made a few phone calls, found a real cure-all
       G
Like I wasn't miserable enough

Em                                Am 
I was working night shift when he got there
          Em                          Am 
The first time I'd seen a coma on the ward
    Em                              Am 
The sister said he won't be needing TV now
         G
Probably won't be needing nothing at all

          Em                         Am 
He was in Tokyo for a while until he stabilised
              Em                        Am 
They flew him back here and the story unfolded
               Em                    Am 
They found him frozen in a hollow in Aokigahara forest
            G
Where those harakiri weirdoes go

   Em                           Am 
He died a little later, and was wheeled away
              Em                        Am
I'd blame his morbid fascination for it all
        Em                                Am 
And his doubtless, groundless faith in his outdoorsmanship
          G
He didn't kill himself, he didn't have the balls

         Em                  Am 
Yeah but hope dies last in a hospital
          Em                        Am 
But has a habit of doing it next to you
          Em                         Am 
While you shit kick around with your eyes to the ground
       G 
Like a bowerbird appropriating anything
           Am  
The colour blue 
  
Asus4  G 

Asus2b6 (plays to fade)

End

            
            
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